Padres turn to Wolf in series finale
San Diego (32-44) vs. Detroit (35-39), Sunday, 1:05 p.m. PT
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres will look for a series win against the Tigers on Sunday at PETCO Park in the closing game of their three-game series.The Padres have lost six of their last eight games after winning seven of their previous eight before entering Interleague Play against the Indians, Yankees and Tigers. The Tigers continue to play well. They have won 11 of their last 14 games as their lineup is starting to produce like many expected it to prior to the season.
The Padres will turn to one of the leaders of their rotation in Randy Wolf for Sunday's contest. Wolf's streak of six consecutive quality starts ended in his start against the Yankees, where he only went four innings giving up five runs on six hits.The Tigers' will counter with young right-hander Justin Verlander. Verlander is on a current streak of nine straight quality starts, but he is only 2-5 in those nine starts. Pitching matchup
SD: LHP Randy Wolf (5-5, 4.16 ERA)
Wolf told reporters after his last start in New York on June 17 that "I was awful today. I can count on one hand the number of pitches that I executed today." Wolf, who was coming off a blissful run during which he allowed two or fewer runs in his previous five starts, allowed three home runs, two to Jason Giambi. Wolf struggled with his fastball command early. There have been starts this season when the left-hander's stuff and command have improved as the game has progressed. But not in his last start. "When you can't throw your fastball where you want, it's going to be a tough day," he said. DET: RHP Justin Verlander (3-9, 4.55 ERA)
Verlander gets one more chance to swing the bat this year in Interleague Play, but his bigger focus will be to rack up a win for his trouble. His tough luck Monday at San Francisco was less about run support than it was about a blown lead in the late innings, after his six innings with two earned runs and seven strikeouts allowed him to leave with a 4-3 lead. He had won all seven of his Interleague starts before then, a tribute as much to his torrid pitching over the last two summers as the National League's struggles to actually hit him. Tidbits
Cha Seung Baek's seven strikeouts Saturday tied his career high. ... Magglio Ordonez's third-inning home run was the first given up by Baek since he joined the Padres. The last team to hit a home run off of him hit three. That team was the Detroit Tigers on May 20 while Baek played for the Mariners. ... Chase Headley has hit safely in each of his five games since being called up from Triple-A Portland on Tuesday. ... Jody Gerut has reached base in 22 of his last 28 games. He is hitting .317 during that span. ... Khalil Greene's fifth stolen base of the season ties a single-season career high. He also stole five bases in the 2005 and '06 seasons. Tickets
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Tuesday: Padres (Jake Peavy, 5-4, 2.88) vs. Twins (Kevin Slowey, 4-6, 4.37), 7:05 p.m. PT
Wednesday: Padres (Josh Banks, 2-1, 1.62) vs. Twins (Glen Perkins, 3-2, 4.39), 7:05 p.m. PT
Ronald Clark is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.